new short essay on design synthesis 

The short essay I wrote for Designers Write is finally out! Here, I ask: is design actually capable of synthesis? Can design truly "sum up" problems?*

I also had the chance to discuss the text with Joeri Pruys, who read an excerpt of his father's book Dingen Vormen Mensen from 1972, Klara Debeljak, author of the Theory of the Chrono-ghettos, and Aynouk Tan, who moderated the conversation. You find the podcast on the website.


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new short essay on design synthesis 

@entreprecariat I really like this line of thinking you have here. The examples really help my understanding. Do you think the celebration of the "heroic designer" has to do with the rise of concepts of authorship, intellectual property and capital ownership? To me, it seems to follow along with a devaluation of the actual "craft" of making things – reducing it to "labor".

new short essay on design synthesis 

@praxeology thank you Brendan, I think of the heroic designer as a narrative that is meant to reassure against complexity: the hero is a person that alone, thanks to their genius, can connect all the dots and thus provide synthesis, a bit like the solitary artist who captures the spirit of the time

new short essay on design synthesis 

@entreprecariat And where is the discussion? Perhaps I'm being dense but I can't find the link to the podcast.

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